Unabomber News History

Copyright 1993 Gannett Company, Inc.


October 7, 1993, Thursday, FIRST EDITION


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HEADLINE: $ 1 million offered for clues to bomber

BYLINE: Sam Vincent Meddis


Federal authorities Wednesday offered a $ 1 million reward for information that helps catch the elusive "unabomber" who has killed one person and injured 23 others since 1978.

"We do not have any viable suspects at this time and we need the public's help," said George Clow, who heads an FBI task force of 45.

The "unabomber" - so named because two of his targets are universities and airlines - has been linked to 14 bombings since 1978.

Clow said a psychological profile indicates that the bomber, who last struck this summer, will attack again.

Investigators Wednesday said they believe a mysterious note with the inscription "Call Nathan R--Wed 7 PM" could have been written by the bomber to himself.

Investigators did not say where or how the note was found. Authorities hope "Nathan" or someone who knows him will come forward.

The bomber is believed to have made the call to "Nathan" in June, the same month two mail bombs exploded in California and Connecticut.

The targets have included university professors and others associated with the airline and computer industries. But no clear motive has emerged.

The most recent bombs were mailed June 18 from Sacramento to professors at the University of California at San Francisco and at Yale University. The sole death occurred in December 1985 when Hugh Scrutton, 38, picked up a bomb at his computer rental store.

The bomber is "acting out something," said Clow. An FBI profile suggests the bomber is:

A white male, single or divorced, in late 40s or early 50s.

Neat and meticulous - someone who may appear to be a "nice guy" except for a macabre sense of humor.

The government has contributed $ 450,000 of the reward money; $ 550,000 was pledged by unidentified private donors. A federal toll-free number for tips: 1-800-701-BOMB. All information will be confidential. LANGUAGE: ENGLISH LOAD-DATE: December 13, 1994